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Posted on: October 6, 2020

William Root House To Offer Flashlight Tours in October

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October 6, 2020

CONTACT: Trevor Beemon

Executive Director


MARIETTA - During the 1850s, Hannah and William Root shared their home with their children and extended family. Hannah Root’s father, Leonard Simpson, lived with the family and passed away on October 11, 1856. For the month of October, the rooms inside the Root House will be decorated as they would have been following Leonard’s death. Curtains will be drawn, and rooms will be adorned with black crepe and ribbons. Visitors will be able to view 19th century embalming equipment, mourning jewelry made from human hair, and other curious artifacts related to death and mourning during the Victorian era. Daytime tours are included in the cost of regular admission.   

On select Saturday evenings in October, the Root House will offer self-guided flashlight tours (please bring your own flashlight). In order to maintain social distancing guidelines, staff will be limiting the number of guests permitted in the house at one time. Timed tours will begin every 30 minutes between the hours of 5pm and 8pm. Masks must be worn while inside the Root House facilities. Flashlight Tour tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased the day of the event or online at Tickets purchased in advance online will be given priority entry. All ticket sales benefit Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society. 

WHAT: Mourning in the 1850s Flashlight Tours

WHEN: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020   5:00PM - 8:00PM

WHERE: William Root House, 80 N Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta

ABOUT THE WILLIAM ROOT HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDEN: Owned and operated by Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, the William Root House is one of the oldest homes in the Atlanta area. Museum guests can use interactive touchscreens to learn about life for this middle class family and their enslaved house workers. Home to the Root family from 1845 to 1886, the house and property have been meticulously restored to their c. 1860 appearance.

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